• Images posted to the Stop the Forced Closure of Aboriginal Communities in Australia Facebook page. (Facebook / Stop the Forced Closure of Aboriginal Communities in Australia)Source: Facebook / Stop the Forced Closure of Aboriginal Communities in Australia
Australians are speaking out in droves against the forced closure of remote Indigenous communities in WA, with tens of thousands of people voicing their support online.
By
Andrea Booth

Source:
NITV News
24 Mar 2015 - 11:00 AM  UPDATED 25 Jun 2015 - 2:43 PM

A Facebook page called Stop the Forced Closure of Aboriginal Communities in Australia, already has over 39,400 Likes at time of writing, even though the page is less than two weeks old.

Its inception coincided with Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s comments in mid-March that living in remote Indigenous communities was a "lifestyle choice".

Aboriginal Community-driven initiative sosblackaustralia, which is supporting Aboriginal communities to remain on their homelands and determine their own futures, is behind the social media movement.

The page is regularly updated with photos of national and international citizens holding signs that read: “Stop the forced closure of Aboriginal communities in Australia”, videos of verbal statements of support and protests around the country.

Abbott’s comment was made in relation to the Western Australian government’s flagged closures of 150 remote Indigenous communities.